How to Make Delicious Blackberry Jam - going old school!I found this recipe for Blackberry Jam years ago in an old Maine cookbook called "Good Maine Food". It was book published in 1949 and it has a lot of good old fashioned recipes in it. This Blackberry Jam Recipe didn't call for any pectin so I was a little nervous the first time I used it as I had become a … [Read more...]
All you ever wanted know about Maine and More.......
Maine is a beautiful and diverse state offering a variety of experiences from the seacoast to the Northwoods to lovely rolling farm land. This state is renowned for its seacoast and seafood, but this state is so much more. From lighthouses to loons, a visit to Maine can be the perfect vacation. In the summer, camping in the Northwoods is a wonderful family experience with our pristine lakes and streams. Or if hiking or climbing are your passion, majestic Mount Katahdin is the northern terminus of the Appalachian trail in the middle of "forever Wild" Baxter State Park. For the sportsman, Maine has the best in fishing and hunting on the East Coast. Here in Maine, we have a rich history with an abundance of historical sites and museums. So come enjoy the variety that is the State of Maine. Fall in Maine showcases our stunning foliage, fun fairs and harvest festivals. And Maine winters off offer downhill skiing, cross country skiing and hundreds of miles of snowmobiling trails through the North Maine Woods.
The hummingbirds are back looking for my hummingbird food recipe!My homemade hummingbird food recipe must be the favorite in the entire neighborhood. I know I am not the only person around here that feeds the hummingbirds but this morning my feeder was empty after only 2 days. In addition to that, I see them out here fighting over the feeder. Now I am not going to say … [Read more...]
Fiddlehead Pickles are delicious and easy to make!Fiddlehead pickles are yummy and worth the effort. You process them using the water bath canning method. Water bath canning is not difficult and is a great way to preserve food when it is in season and abundant. For me the canning season starts in the spring and carries on throughout the summer and right into fall when I … [Read more...]
Stuffed Baked Apples - An Easy Quick Apple Dessert Stuffed Baked Apples are healthy, and they are easy to make. It's autumn and apples are in abundance! There are chilly fall days when I want an easy apple dessert that's warm and delicious but I don't have time for complicated recipes with pie crust and such. One of the "weapons" in my dessert arsenal is Baked Apples and … [Read more...]
Blueberry season in Maine means great Blueberry Recipes!It’s Blueberry season here in Maine. In fact, down in Machias they are celebrating their annual Blueberry Festival August 16th - 18th, 2019. It is a great event with all sorts of things going on like crafts, entertainment, parades, and more. They hold it every year in mid-August so you may want to plan on joining in … [Read more...]
Mashed Potatoes - as my son says, the perfect delivery system for Gravy Mashed potatoes are the favorite potato dish at the Thompson household, particularly if the main dish has any form of gravy as a side dish. And being from Aroostook County, Maine, I know my potatoes. Here in our region we have huge commercial potato farms and have a wide range of locally grown potatoes … [Read more...]
New England Clam Chowder or Manhattan Clam Chowder? It's a Tale of Two Chowders! I live in northern Maine at the very northern tip of the New England region. In the winter it is brutally cold here and a good bowl of steaming clam chowder can warm you like nothing else. Now here in Maine when you say clam chowder, there's no doubt that everybody thinks of traditional New … [Read more...]
The fiddlehead ...... a true Northwoods delicacy!It's spring (finally!) here in the Maine Northwoods. For awhile in April it really looked like it would never come but now the earth is warming and the fiddleheads are poking through the ground. It's a short season as fiddlehead shaped sprouts of the ostrich fern are best consumed fresh which makes for a … [Read more...]
Unique and Fun Garden Decorations .........and Cheap! It's time to dress up the garden with some new decorations. I am way behind with my gardening this year as this spring has been a really wet one. We had snow still on the ground a month ago and now we are in full blown northern Maine Mud Season. But I can't put the process off any longer so as soon as the rain stops … [Read more...]
The Folk Art of Grammy Mouse Thompson, Maine Folk Artist Who is Grammy Mouse, Maine Folk Artist? Grammy Mouse is the pseudonym that I use for my folk art painting. I am sort of semi-retired from painting and don't paint as often as I used to. There are health reasons that without going into a long detailed explanation involve my asthma, COPD, the medications for those … [Read more...]